Don’t Take Your Eyes For Granted

‘Let well alone’. ‘Let sleeping dogs lie’ – these phrases sum up our attitude to life in general and our health in particular: if it doesn’t hurt, then nothing can be wrong. The fact is that, unlike most other organs in your body, when things go wrong with your eyes they rarely hurt. And this is precisely the reason why you should never take your eyes for granted.Especially when you consider that each one of your eyes is made up of over one million parts. One million parts all working in perfect harmony.


By comparison the most complex computers and scientific instruments seem almost crude. Like the human eye, however, computers and scientific instruments can malfunction or even wear out. Computers and such like can be replaced. Not so your eyes.You will only ever have one pair of eyes and they have to last you a lifetime. Protect them as best you can by having regular check-ups at a professional Optometrist. You see, often without your knowing it, changes take place in the eye, changes that can lead to serious eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. Yet these can be so easily avoided if you take regular eye tests – early detection is what every Optometrist believes in and practices. The eyes may be the window to the soul but they are also an early warning system for general health problems.


Regular eye tests can indicate conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other blood diseases. Inevitably, as we grow older, no matter how healthy and fit our bodies may be, all of us will experience some degree of difficulty in reading or doing close work. This is due to an ongoing loss of flexibility in the lenses of our eyes. How clear are the words on this page? Do you find yourself constantly adjusting the distance between your eyes and the page? Are you often feeling tired? Are you over 60? These are some of the questions you will find in the Eye Check panel on this page.


Cast an eye cover over this D.I.Y checklist. Pick up a pen and take the first step to protecting that most precious asset of all – your eyesight. Eye Check Is there a history of eye problems in your family? Headaches and/or migraines. How often do you have them? Do you spend long hours in front of a computer If so, do you experience any eye strain or problems? Do your eyes feel tired when you watch TV? Do you ever experience blurred vision? Are you over 60? Do you drive a motor vehicle of any description? A YES to any of the above questions should tell you that it is time to take an eye test.


A professional Optometrist will not only be able to prescribe spectacles or new lenses to correct conditions such as short shortsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia, but will also determine whether you have any traces of serious eye disease. Furthermore, this eye test will tell you about your health in general. The most common eye problems can be easily corrected: Short Shortsightedness (Myopia). With this condition you will notice that objects at a distance seem blurred while close up they are clear. Farsightedness (Hypermetropia) Conversely, objects close to your eye appear blurred, but at a distance are clear. Astigmatism. Both long and shortsighted people can have this condition which distorts objects. Presbyopia All lenses have built-in elasticity and flexibility, the loss of which leads to an inability to focus on near objects.


When last did you have your eyes examined? As we have already said, changes in the eye often go unnoticed. So regular eye tests are essential. How regular is regular? At least every two years. And if you are over 60 years even more frequently than this because your eyes are at greater risk. If you wear spectacles or contact lenses and even if you think your sight is perfect, you should still have regular eye examinations especially if you use a computer.

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